Keeler: Think you’re lonely? Try being a Rockies scout with no Opening Day


The Rockies should be in San Diego. Jay Matthews should be in Athens. Louisville. Somewhere. Anywhere.

“I get up and I go, ‘I know I’ve got to be someplace,’” Matthews, the longtime Rockies scout and national cross-checker, said by phone from greater Charlotte, where he’s locked down, too. “I’d get my travel ready to go, but there’s nowhere to go. There’s no baseball to watch.

“Part of our job is, we’re weathermen, too. So you’d get up and say, ‘Dang, I’ve got a great day to watch baseball.’ But there’s no baseball to be played.”

This is when the weird gets cranked up a notch. Unlike the NCAA Tournament, at least COVID-19 didn’t walk in and drive a wooden stake right through the heart of Opening Day. Yet.

The Rockies are the movie you paused about 16 minutes in, the can that keeps getting kicked farther down the road.

The curtain was scheduled to go up Thursday. It might be June 1 now. Might be July 1. Might be never.

While the Lords of MLB are trying to put a brave public face on a giant mess, Yahoo Sports reported earlier this week that the mid-summer classic, the 2020 All-Star game, is likely to be played well after the middle of the summer has come and gone.

And Dick Monfort’s 94-win promise is going to be a beast to catch with all of March and April’s games cast to the wind.

“It’s an adjustment with no end in sight, really,” Matthews said. “You just go day-to-day, look forward to the next day and see what happens.

“The grocery stores are just a nightmare. I went grocery shopping and there was no meat, no eggs, no bread. Gone.

“Until they get the virus contained, everything’s shut down. You couldn’t even go to church on Sunday. It’s different.”

When the open road is your normal, containment feels more like punishment. This week, he’d ordinarily be combing through the SEC and ACC, setting up the Rockies’ next wave.

Matthews is going on nearly 23 years with the organization, a stellar evaluator whose signings include Chris Iannetta, Jeff Baker, Ryan Speier, Ben Paulsen and Cory Sullivan. He was on the Russell Wilson train well before the rest of the free world caught up, recognizing the same intangibles Pete Carroll and the Seahawks saw: Dedication and maturity that were going to make you forget about the build.

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Source:: The Denver Post – Sports


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